Scarlet and Gray

Scarlet and gray

when it hurts just to breathe;
when all other hues
have flowed down the drain;
when each new day
is a cruel curse.

If I have been hopelessly weak
or understandably human;
If I have been lost
when the way has been
made abundantly clear-
these I do not know.

Be it a trick of my mind
or a scar in my soul
on such days I have known

scarlet and gray.